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by Brett Payne, of Tauranga, New Zealand
George Vaughan Sankey

of Church Gresley

G.V. Sankey ran a studio in Swadlincote Road, Woodville, and Woodville Road & Market Street, Church Gresley from 1881 until his death in 1912.


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George Vaughan Sankey was born at Church Gresley, Derbyshire in 1842, one of eleven children of a master potter Matthew Sankey (c.1814-1866) and Esther Smith (1817-1902).  George initially followed his father and elder brother into the pottery industry, and at the time of his marriage to Lucy Hall (c.1848-1898) in 1880, he still described himself as a potter.

However, by April the following year he was working as a bookseller and photographer - according to the census.  Between then and 1888, he operated a studio from his home on Woodville Road, Swadlincote (or Swadlincote Road, Woodville depending on which source you believe), but by 1891 he had moved to new premises at 67 Market Street, Common Side, Church Gresley.  He remained in business at this location until his death in 1912.  His brother John Sankey appears to have taken over the bookseller/stationer's shop.

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Image © & courtesy of Claire Casey
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Unidentified family, by G.V. Sankey of Swadlincote Road, Woodville, near Burton on Trent
Undated, but probably taken c. 1881-1883

Format: Carte-de-visite  Size: Mount 63 x 104 mm Photo 61 x 88 mm

Image © & courtesy of Claire Casey

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified girl
by G.V. Sankey of Gresley, Burton on Trent
Undated, but probably taken c. 1891-1894

Format: Carte-de-visite
Size: Mount 63 x 104 mm Photo 61 x 88 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

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Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne Unidentified young women
by G.V. Sankey of Market Street, Church Gresley
Undated, but probably taken in the mid- to late 1890s

Format: Carte-de-visite

Size: Mount 64 x 104.5 mm Photo 61.5 x 88.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

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Image © & courtesy of Hilary Linnington Unidentified boy in sailor
by G.V. Sankey of Market St., Church Gresley
Undated, but probably taken c. 1898-1905

Format: Cabinet card

Size: Mount 107 x 167 mm Photo 101 x 145 mm

Image © & courtesy of Hilary Linnington

Notes

Image © & courtesy of Hilary Linnington

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified girl
by G.V. Sankey of Market St., Church Gresley
Undated, but probably taken c. 1905-1910

Format: Carte-de-visite

Size: Mount 65 x 104.5 mm Photo 60 x 86.5 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Image © & collection of Brett Payne
Unidentified boy
by G.V. Sankey of Market St., Church Gresley
Undated, but probably taken c. 1905-1910

Format: Carte-de-visite

Size: Mount 65 x 105 mm Photo 59 x 86 mm

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

Notes

Image © & collection of Brett Payne

References
Images provided by Hilary Linnington, Claire Casey and Brett Payne
1841-1901 UK Census - online from Ancestry.com
FreeBMD
International Genealogical Index - online from the LDS church
Church Gresley Parish Registers
North East Midland Photographic Record - Picture the Past

Bagshaw (1846) History, Gazetteer and Directory of Derbyshire. Collection of Brett Payne.
Anon (1855) The Post Office Directory of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
White, F. & Co. (1857) History, Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Derby. Transcribed by Neil Wilson.
Harrison, Harrod & Co. (1860) Directory and Gazetteer of Derbyshire, London.
Anon (1870) Harrod & Co.'s Postal & Commercial Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Staffordshire. - from University of Leicester - Digital Library of Historical Directories.
Wright C.N. (1874) Directory of South Derbyshire, Third Edition, October 1874, Derby.
Anon (1881) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1887) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co., London.
Anon (1891) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland & Nottinghamshire, Kelly & Co., London. University of Leicester's Digital Library of Historical Directories
Anon (1895) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire, Kelly & Co. Limited, London.
Anon (1895) History, Topography, and Directory of Derbyshire, T. Bulmer & Co. - by kind courtesy of Sonia Addis-Smith
Anon (1912) Kelly's Directory of Derbyshire 1912, Kelly's Directories Ltd., London.
Adamson, Keith I.P. (1997) Professional Photographers in Derbyshire 1843 - 1914, The PhotoHistorian, No. 118 Supplement, September 1997, ISSN 0957-0209. Courtesy of John Bradley.

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